Elaine is the lead practitioner for our Administration department at Advocate.
Elaine spent over 20 years as the PA to Managing Directors at the Sunderland Echo an independent newspaper that dealt with local issues.
In our latest independent audit Elaine’s skills and professionalism ensured we scored a 95% pass rate – 21% higher than the national average.
Maximising the skills that Elaine used in her previous work life has allowed Advocate to streamline our recruitment process to provide a comprehensive and compliant candidate journey.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities with Advocate?
Working closely with all our consultants ensuring they have all the admin support they need ensuring that all compliance and right to work documents for new candidates are in place.
Talking to candidates on a daily basis – the part I enjoy the most.
Having joined Advocate recently, what impressed you about the company?
We all have the same work ethic – hardworking, supportive, flexible, fair and friendly. We all want to make a difference.
What are you looking forward to achieving with Advocate?
My main aim is to support my work colleagues with all necessary documentation, to ensure the smooth running of the office, and to develop useful systems to make life easier for everyone.
We deal with lots of candidates, what impresses you about a candidate?
Common sense is an important quality. Also being able to communicate and listen effectively is an integral part of the job. I think that health and social care is a bit like working in a bubble. If you’ve never worked in health and social care you really don’t know what a support worker does day to day, and people looking into the bubble are amazed at what support workers need to do. It takes a very special person to do this job and all our candidates have that “special” quality.
I find it hard to say no . . .
To Brian English’s buns!
One of the things I’m very good at . . .
Keeping the consultants on track and organizing all necessary paperwork.
The best piece of advice I heard was . . .
Never abdicate your responsibilities – delegate them.
And Finally, If you could sing one song on X Factor, what would it be?
Honky Tonk Woman